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Residence Registration and De-Registration
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May 13, 2022

Persons establishing their residence in Austria, changing residence within Austria, or changing their primary residence (“Hauptwohnsitz”) must register to the responsible authority.

Deadlines:

  • Registration: within three days.
  • De-registration: within three days prior to or after moving.

Responsible authority:

Documents to be presented:

  • Travel document (e.g. passport).
  • Birth certificate (“Geburtsurkunde”).
  • Optionally Documentary Proof of Academic Degrees (“urkundlicher Nachweis akademischer Grade”).Please note: In the case of a primary apartment leasehold, the “Meldezettel” (application form) must be signed by the real estate management company; in the case of a sublet, by the primary leaseholder, and in the case of a condominium or house, by the owner.

You can register or de-register an existing registration

  • in person,
  • through a person whom you trust (using the original documents of the person obliged to register, or with a notarised copy of these documents), or
  • through the post (using the original documents of the person obliged to register, or with a notarised copy of these documents).

Registration by fax or e-mail is not currently permitted by law!

Information about residence registration of a newborn is available at:http://www.help.gv.at/Content.Node/143/Seite.1430000.html.

Tourists staying at a hotel or hostel temporarily (up to 60 days) are asked to provide their personal data for the guest book (“Gästebuch”/”Gästeblatt”). Longer-term guests need to register with municipal authorities.

Failure to comply with registration regulations may result in a fine or, if the fine cannot be paid by the individual concerned, in imprisonment of up to two weeks. Such fine or imprisonment is imposed in summary administrative proceedings by a police magistrate.